There are several locally grown foods kids will gobble up fresh — apples, carrots, cherry tomatoes and cucumbers are just a few! But, if you’re looking for recipes kids are bound to enjoy, you’ve come to the right place.
Select the "Right" Recipe
Annette Derouin of Willmar Public Schools spent hours reading recipe books and searching the Internet for appropriate recipes that she could “scale up” for foodservice. You can reap the rewards of her efforts and other Minnesota schools by using the quantity and Home recipes that are on this website. Annette used the following criteria to identify the perfect Farm to School recipes for her district:
- Supplemental ingredients are items the kitchen normally has on hand.
- The recipe will work with equipment available; no extra equipment is needed.
- Staff can handle the time requirements.
- The cost is within acceptable range.
- The recipe is likely to be acceptable to students.
In addition to the quantity and Home recipes available within each of the featured Minnesota Farm to School foods, try one of these Farm to School recipes from foodservice directors across the state:
|Chicken Chow Mein with Boy Choy|
Additional Recipe Resources:
Here are some additional recipe resources you may enjoy.
HealthierUS School Challenge — USDA Team Nutrition — These cookbooks include a collection of kid-approved recipes that can be incorporated into the National School Lunch Program.
Menus that Move — Ohio Department of Education — A set of seasonal cycle menus to help schools serve tasty meals that fit within the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) new meal guidelines.
Now We’re Cooking — Minnesota Department of Health — Collection of simple scratch recipes that have been tested in Minnesota cafeterias for student acceptability, cost and ease of preparation. From Turkey Sloppy Joes to a Spring Salad Mix, any school can add variety, good nutrition and great taste by adding one or more of these recipes.
Fresh from the Farm: The Massachusetts Farm to School Cookbook — Massachusetts Department of Education
Fruit and Veggie Quantity Recipe Cookbook — New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services
Vermont Farm to School: A Guide to Using Local Foods in Schools — Includes seasonal recipes and menu ideas.
The Lunch Box: Healthy Tools — Vermont FEED — For All Schools, packed with solutions at your fingertips, use any of these free tools to transform your school food into healthy and delicious food for all children, at every school.
School Food Service Recipe Finder — USDA's Team Nutrition — Includes large and small scale recipes.